Unhappy information for the traditional rock and dick-molding worlds in the present day, as Cynthia Albritton, higher recognized to the world as Cynthia Plaster Caster attributable to her behavior of creating plaster molds of rock stars’ penises, has died. She was 74 years previous.
As reported by Consequence of Sound, Cynthia died in Chicago after “an extended sickness.”
Born in Chicago in 1947, Cynthia, a self-described “recovering groupie,” started the work she was most well-known for in 1968. She is finest recognized for having created molds of the penises of rock gods together with Jimi Hendrix, Lifeless Kennedys’ Jello Biafra, and MC5’s Wayne Kramer. Later in life, Albritton additionally determined to start out molding breasts as effectively, and made molds of the chests of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, Peaches, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, and The Mekons’ Sally Timms. Whereas he by no means “modeled” for her, Frank Zappa was additionally an in depth pal of Albritton, and the 2 appreciated every others’ unusual approaches to artwork.
Cynthia’s first exhibition of her work came about in New York Metropolis in 2000. Quickly after, she was featured in Jessica Everleth’s documentary Plaster Caster, and contributed to the BBC 3 documentary My Penis And I in 2005. She was additionally the inspiration for and referenced in a number of rock songs, together with KISS’ “Plaster Caster,” Le Tigre’s “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo,” and Jim Croce’s “5 Brief Minutes.” The KISS track, featured on Love Gun, would at all times be probably the most well-known of the tracks that detailed her artwork.
Everybody at MetalSucks sends their coronary heart out to Cynthia’s household, mates, followers and fashions throughout this time. Thanks, Cynthia, for giving me the very best headline any journalist can write. This was precisely what I wanted on the finish of this week.
Take a look at the VH1 video phase beneath during which it’s revealed that your fingers don’t contact while you grip Jimi Hendrix’s dong.